Snow Cake Tradition Continues

Chocolate Mousse CakeThe first snow is always an exciting time – but even more so when there is chocolate involved!

It’s a tradition in our house to celebrate the first measurable stick-to-the-ground snow with a snow cake – usually a brownie with powdered sugar sprinkled on the top.

But this year we got a little fancy! Angel girl helped me bake the yummy Chocolate Mousse Cake with a few variations.

We used a small pudding mix and only  put  the filling between the two layers. Then Angel girl cut a cute little snowflake out of paper. She laid it on top and sprinkled it with powdered sugar.

Voila! Snow cake that was enjoyed and devoured by several siblings.

But more importantly, a memory was made and a tradition continued.

Happy first snow!

Robin Day! A Family Tradition for Spring

Living in the Midwest allows us to enjoy four distinct seasons. We’ve learned to appreciate each season, but the one we anticipate the most is spring.

We celebrated our first Robin Day years ago when my oldest was just a toddler. It had been a long cold winter with a little one who was anxious to play outside. I told him that we would watch for the first robin to come because that meant that spring was here.

When we finally saw that first robin, we were ready to celebrate! I made little bird nests out of rice krispies and put chocolate chips in them for eggs. It was a hit and a tradition was born.

Now every year we diligently watch for the first robin of spring and celebrate with bird nests for dessert. I’ve used several different recipes over the years and found that almost any no-bake cookie would work. Just put an indent in the middle to make it look like a nest. We’ve filled them with chocolate chips, M & M’s, jelly beans, red hots, whatever I have on hand that would be somewhat in the shape of an egg.

This year I used a no-bake cookie with peanut butter and oatmeal called Mud Cookies, pretty fitting actually!

Mud Cookies:

Boil for one minute: 2 cups sugar, 1/4 c. margarine, 4 Tbsp. cocoa, 1/2 c. milk

Add: 1/2 cup peanut butter, 3 cups oatmeal, 1 tsp. vanilla

Drop on wax paper and push an indent in the middle to make the nest shape. When cool and set, fill with peanut M & M’s or other egg-like treats.

I love having milestones like Robin Day to mark the passage of seasons and create family memories that bind us together!